Our Clinicians

Dr Josephine Grace
MB ChB MRCP FRACP PhD

Dr Josephine Grace is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at the Austin Hospital. She emigrated from the UK to Australia in 2004 and has over 20 years of experience in general medicine and gastroenterology with specialist qualifications in both countries. She also holds a PhD in liver disease, completed at the University of Melbourne, and has been granted awards for her research from the Gastroenterology Society of Australia and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. She regularly presents at local and international gastroenterology and hepatology conferences and has publications in top ranking journals.

Josephine has a particular interest in liver disease, viral hepatitis, coeliac disease and functional bowel disease including irritable bowel syndrome, and is happy to consult on a broad range of gastroenterology and hepatology disorders. She also welcomes open access referrals for gastroscopy or colonoscopy, which she performs at Warringal Hospital or at The Victorian Gut Centre in Bundoora. She is available to discuss patients with GPs and other specialists by telephone and can usually accommodate urgent patients at short notice

Associate Professor Adam Testro
MBBS PhD FRACP

Dr Adam Testro is a staff specialist gastroenterologist at Austin Health and The Victorian Liver Transplant Unit. Adam graduated with honours from The University of Melbourne School of Medicine in 1999. He was trained at both St Vincent’s Hospital and Austin Health. Following completion of his gastroenterology training he undertook a PhD in liver transplantation immunology, for which he was awarded a GESA Postgraduate Clinical Research Scholarship. In 2009 Adam was fortunate enough to take up a position at the world renowned Thomas E Starzl Transplantation Institute in Pittsburgh, USA where he received further training in Intestinal and multivisceral transplantation, and forged strong international collaborations. In 2010 he became Head of Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation at Austin Health, the only centre in Australia currently undertaking intestinal transplantation. Adam continues to participate in clinical research and is involved in a number of NHMRC funded projects. He regularly presents his research findings at national and international conferences, and has numerous publications.

Adam is available to consult in all aspects of gastroenterology, including endoscopy, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy. As with the other specialists at Gastrocare, he will endeavour to see new consultations with minimal delay, and facilitate their care in an efficient yet relaxed manner.

Dr Marie Sinclair
MBBS B Med Sci PhD FRACP

Dr Marie Sinclair is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Austin Health in Heidelberg.  She completed a PhD in clinical liver disease at the University of Melbourne and subsequently gained a 12 month position at the large teaching hospital of the University of California, San Francisco, to gain further experience in gastroenterology and hepatology. She is actively involved in research with multiple publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and maintains an interest in teaching and GP education.  Marie has been working in the Gastroenterology department at Austin Health for over 5 years, and also provides endoscopy services to the Northern Hospital in Epping. Marie is currently available to consult on a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, bowel cancer screening, inflammatory bowel disease, iron deficiency, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, coeliac disease, abnormal liver function, fatty liver disease and hepatitis. She provides Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy services at Warringal Hospital as well as Capsule Endoscopy.  Marie is keen to maintain strong lines of communication with GPs and specialists, and as with all Gastrocare specialists will ensure urgent patients are reviewed as soon as possible.

Dr Rhys Vaughan
MBBS PhD FRACP

Dr Vaughan is a senior gastroenterologist at the Austin Hospital where he holds the position of Director of Endoscopy and Medical Director of Surgery, Anaesthesia and Procedural Medicine.  He has a senior fellow appointment with the University of Melbourne.  Rhys’ early training was in hepatology, obtaining a PhD exploring the alterations in vascular physiology in advanced cirrhosis, work which was undertaken at the Baker Medical Research Institute, University of Melbourne and Austin Hospital. He subsequently developed and expanded on his skills in interventional endoscopy before completing an advanced endoscopic fellowship in the USA at the Medical University of South Carolina with a particular focus on endoscopic ultrasound. Rhys’ current research interests include training, pancreatic cancer screening, advanced endoscopic interventions & endoscopic management of liver transplant patients.

Dr Ola Niewiadomski
MBBS (hons) FRACP PhD

Dr Ola Niewiadomski is a gastroenterologist who combines private practice with a senior medical specialist appointment at a major public hospital (Eastern Health).  Ola studied Medicine at Monash University, graduating with honours in 2004. After finishing her Gastroenterology training in Melbourne, she completed a fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at St Vincent’s hospital along with postgraduate degree (PhD) through the University of Melbourne. Ola was granted the Australian Postgraduate Award, as well as an international award (ECCO Young Investigator Award) for her research, and has published in local and international journals.  She maintains a clinical and research interest in Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis (IBD) and is the Principal Investigator for pharmaceutical clinical trials at Eastern Health. Ola also holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position at Monash University. She retains a broad range of interests in all areas of gastroenterology including inflammatory bowel disease, bowel cancer surveillance, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux disease, eosinophilic oesophagitis, nutrition, hepatology, endoscopy, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy.

Ola is passionate about providing a high standard of care and compassion to all her patients, and will endeavor to see all new referrals in a timely manner. She provides Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy services at Warringal Private hospital and Epworth Eastern, including open access referrals.

Dr Matt Choy
MBBS BMedSci PhD FRACP

Dr Matthew Choy is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Austin Hospital and works in private practice in north east Melbourne. Matthew consults in all aspects of gastroenterology and has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and interventional luminal endoscopy (gastroscopy, colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy and small bowel balloon enteroscopy). He performs procedures at Warringal Hospital and Victorian Day Procedures Centre in Heidelberg. 

 

Matthew graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne and trained in gastroenterology at St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) and Monash Health.  Matthew was an IBD research fellow at both Austin and St Vincent’s Hospital and completed a PhD in Ulcerative Colitis at the University of Melbourne (Austin Health). He was subsequently awarded the Gastroenterology Society of Australia/Olympus Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship and undertook further subspeciality training at the Wolfson Unit for Endoscopy at St Mark’s Hospital in London, focusing on cancer surveillance and endoscopic management of IBD (dysplasia and strictures), complex colonic polyp resection, small bowel capsule and balloon enteroscopy, and endoscopy training and quality. 

 

At Austin Health, Matthew consults in the multidisciplinary IBD clinics, provides luminal endoscopy services and acute inpatient gastroenterology care. He is involved in local policy development, quality improvement initiatives and enjoys teaching medical students and specialist trainees. Matthew holds a Senior Research Fellow appointment at the University of Melbourne and is actively involved in IBD and endoscopy research and IBD clinical trials.